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Organ Removal

EDM number 139 in 1999-00, proposed by Roger Godsiff on 06/12/1999.

That this House condemns unequivocally the recent practice in a number of NHS hospitals, which include the Bristol Royal Infirmary, Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool and the Birmingham Children's Hospital, of removing organs and whole body systems for storage and research without the consent of the parents involved; welcomes the speedy response from the Secretary of State for Health in establishing an independent inquiry into the events at Alder Hey Hospital; notes, however, that Stephen Gold, the pathologist brought into to conduct the investigation at Alder Hey, has acknowledged that his remit is too narrow, particularly in respect of the role played by Professor Van Velzen, former head of the post-mortem team; further notes the remarks of the Chief Medical Officer made on Saturday's Today programme to the effect that it is illegal to retain organs from any coroner's post-mortem for research purposes; and believes that the further pain and suffering of the parents involved can best be alleviated by a full public inquiry which embraces all the hospitals involved with a particular focus on how doctors can operate, apparently without the knowledge of NHS managers, in a way destined to cause so much pain to already bereaved parents.

This motion has been signed by a total of 28 MPs, 1 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Roger Godsiff06/12/1999Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small HeathLabourProposed
Martin Smyth07/12/1999Belfast SouthUUPSigned
Lindsay Hoyle07/12/1999ChorleyLabourSigned
Lynne Jones07/12/1999Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Tom Cox07/12/1999TootingLabourSigned
Clive Efford07/12/1999ElthamLabourSigned
Ian Gibson07/12/1999Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Vincent Cable08/12/1999TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe08/12/1999LeighLabourSigned
Terry Davis08/12/1999Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Paul Flynn08/12/1999Newport WestLabourSigned
Roy Beggs08/12/1999East AntrimUUPSigned
David Crausby09/12/1999Bolton North EastLabourSigned
Alan Williams09/12/1999Swansea WestLabourSigned
Jenny Tonge09/12/1999Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Ronnie Fearn09/12/1999SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Dobbin09/12/1999Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Kevin McNamara09/12/1999Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Syd Rapson09/12/1999Portsmouth NorthLabourSigned
Ann Cryer13/12/1999KeighleyLabourSigned
Russell Brown15/12/1999DumfriesLabourSigned
Rudi Vis20/12/1999Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
John McDonnell10/01/2000Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Eric Illsley12/01/2000Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Ivan Henderson13/01/2000HarwichLabourSigned
Harold Best13/01/2000Leeds North WestLabourSigned
Lorna Fitzsimons07/02/2000RochdaleLabourSigned
Audrey WiseUnknownWithdrawn

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